I hate being tired. And I’m tired a lot.
Some of it may be caused by the medications I’m on. But some of it seems to have hung around me for a good part of my life.
I remember my mother saying something like the following more than once: “Tina’s never had a lot of stamina.”
Even when I was a little girl, I would get so tired when I went shopping with my mother. I’d follow her around the stores and look for places to sit to rest my aching legs.
When I was ready to go to sleep, I had no problem going to bed, no matter what was going on. Another thing my mother used to say was something like, “If the president of the United States was visiting, and Tina wanted to go to bed, it wouldn’t stop her.”
I can work long hours when I need to. During graduate school, especially, I pulled a lot of all-nighters. I can get by on less than optimal sleep for a while. But I pay for it in lethargy and tiredness.
I suspect that much of my tiredness is related to depression and OCD and other anxiety. My doctor has told me that anxiety can make the sufferer tired. A hallmark of my depression is fatigue. And certainly being on near-constant lookout for dangers when my OCD is on high can be exhausting.
My tiredness is very frustrating. I think of all I haven’t accomplished because I was too busy resting. I think of all I’d like to accomplish. Other people seem to accomplish so much. Why can’t I?
Exercise would help, if I would just do it. I’m still having trouble on that front, and I have no good excuse.
But even when I was exercising regularly, I wasn’t an energetic go-getter.
Fatigue is something that I want to “let go” of this year. I am ready to start taking actions that will help me.
Exercising and eating better are on my list.
What suggestions do you have for fighting fatigue?